2Here are 20 reasons: Businesses need languages A language broadens your choice of careerLanguages develop your communication skills which are vital in daily lifeLanguages broaden your awareness of different cultures
3Some say that knowing a foreign language is part of what it means to be educated Knowing a foreign language gives you an advantage over others in a job interviewLearning another language improves your English language skills
4Other countries don’t learn English for our benefit Learning a second language helps protect the brain from the effects of ageingKnowing a foreign language is a gift, it gives you the flexibility to go and work or live in a foreign speaking country
5Language learning widens your knowledge of the world Language learning helps to develop your memoryLanguage learning helps to develop your concentration and listening skills
6Languages enable you to travel to other countries and feel part of the culture and respect the people living there by making an effort to communicate and not feel like a tourist
7Languages set you free! If you look at a map, Britain is so small compared to the rest of the world. You can go out there when perhaps the person next to you is just going to be living and working here for the rest of their livesIt’s fun! You feel really good when you can speak another language
8Britain lags behind in learning languages and we need to catch up A language is rewarding. It helps us to understand our own language and the cultures of other countriesLanguage learning promotes tolerance and understanding
9If you do a language degree you get to study and live abroad for one year. This shows that you have many good qualities including independence
10How many foreign languages can you name? ArabicChineseDanishDutchEnglishFrenchGermanGreekHungarianItalianJapanesePolishPortugueseRussianSpanish
11Which languages do these famous people speak? Tony BlairOrlando BloomGeri HalliwellGary LinekerDavina McCallSteve McManamanKylie MinogueJamie OliverArsene Wenger
13David Beckham'I haven't conquered Spanish yet. I'm learning and understand what's said during training. I'm progressing little by little. Spanish is very difficult for me, although I am getting used to it. I am making an effort. It's complicated. But if I can conquer Spanish, it will have been a great achievement.‘
14Diane Modahl'I know lots of people speak English, but being prepared to say something in someone else's language is a way of showing them that you care, that you're prepared to make the effort and you don't just expect them to speak your language. That's quite arrogant actually, isn't it?'
15Gary Lineker'My wife and I learnt Spanish and Japanese when I played at Barcelona and Nagoya. We spent hours and hours in tuition – yet we could have learnt either language at school. Modern languages prepare you for modern life.'